This program is offered under the state department guidelines for gifted and alternative programs. Students must meet the eligibility requirements by scoring at the 96th percentile on the achievement test and by scoring at the 95th percentile on the WISC-IV individual intelligence test. This program is designed to provide a new and challenging learning experience that is not ordinarily included in the regular classroom. Emphasis in this program is to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, equipping them with the skills and knowledge required to excel in STEAM fields and beyond. The goal is to challenge and inspire talented students who exhibit a strong interest and aptitude for various aspects of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics in order to foster critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity in a collaborative environment. There will also be a focus on building skills to prepare for post-secondary education and STEAM careers. By fostering creativity, problem-solving abilities, and adaptability, a strong foundation in STEAM subjects empowers gifted students to pursue rewarding and impactful careers that drive innovation, economic growth, and social progress. (One-half credit, one-semester elective offered to juniors and seniors who qualify for the gifted program.)